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Leah’s Pantry is excited to launch Around the Table, a new educational program to help communities impacted by toxic stress. It is an innovative model for nourishing ourselves and our communities. The trauma-informed approach that takes into account how past experiences influence our health, wellbeing, and relationship to food. Program participants build a healthy relationship to food and strengthen connections with each other so they can better nourish themselves—mind, body, and spirit.
A study conducted by the CDC and Kaiser Permanente investigated the correlation between childhood trauma and its effect on health and wellbeing of adults. Of the 17,000 Californians they surveyed, 66% reported at least one traumatic experience and 20% had at least three. Results showed that the more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) someone has, the higher their risk of mental and physical illness later in life. These ACEs not only raise the risk for chronic illness like diabetes, obesity, and heart disease, but can lead to an emotional relationship to food that makes it hard to practice good nutrition.
Our new program represents a shift in public health nutrition—and based on the response we’ve received from our partners, everyone is excited about it. By understanding how stress and adversity affect the way we nourish ourselves, we can develop ways to disrupt the dietary patterns that undermine our health. We are proud to be at the forefront of using nutrition programs and the power of food to lessen the impacts of adversity, build resilience, and reduce the rates of chronic illness and poor health.
Donate to Leah’s Pantry on Giving Tuesday to help us meet the growing demand for our work! Your support means that vulnerable groups like aged-out foster youth, refugee teens, and low-income parents of young children have the opportunity to build resilience in the face of adversity, and create healthy lives that defy the statistics.